Just a few updates over the last few days:
Fast tracked prospect Yukinori Oguni
(10-0, 2KOs) successfully defended his OPBF super bantamweight title for the third time, defeating Roli Gasca
(19-4, 5KOs) via an uncontentious split decision. Although the scorecards (116-112, 116-114 and 113-114) indicated a closer victory for the 24-year old Japanese boxer than their previous encounter - a clear decision win for Oguni last November - Filipino Gasca, 23, was unable to exact revenge.
On the undercard, domestic super featherweight gatekeeper Hirohito Fukuhara
(15-7-8, 7KOs) upset Roberto Gonzales
(20-2, 11KOs), stopping him in the third of a scheduled eight rounds.
OPBF welterweight champ, hard-punching southpaw Akinori Watanabe
(27-4, 24 KOs), 147, kept his regional belt as he floored WBC top ranked super-lightweight contender Prawet Singwancha
(48-4-2, 27 KOs), 147, in the fifth and earned a very unanimous decision (116-112, 116-111 and 117-108.) over twelve sizzling rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
On the undercard, amateur stand out Naoto Uebayashi
(1-0, 1KO) made his debut, stopping Ryota Koizumi
(6-9-1, 4KOs) in two rounds.
The exciting Wars Katsumata
(18-6, 16KOs) rebounded from his disappointment last time out to stop Indonesian Isack Junior
(20-3-2, 8KOs) in the eighth and scheduled last round of their bantamweight encounter. Katsumata, fighting out of Japan via the Philippines, got his career back on track after losing in just 34 seconds to the big punching Oscar Blanquet in June of this year.
The main event saw 23-year old Masamichi Nozaki
(16-3, 3KOs) acquire the vacant WBC Youth World bantamweight title, overcoming a knockdown in the fourth round to win a split decision over Vergel Nebran
(8-4-1, 6KOs). The scorecards were 95-94, 95-94 and 94-95.
Super flyweight prospect Yushi Tanaka
(9-0-2, 6KOs) added the most impressive name to his record, stopping former Interim WBC light flyweight champion Wandee Singwancha
(67-15-1, 18KOs) inside six rounds. The bout, which was scheduled for eight rounds, ended abruptly when the 21-year old Tanaka delivered a body shot to end proceedings. Singwancha, 32, was last seen in Japan losing to one fight novice Yohei Tobe in June 2011.
...Fast-rising Koki Eto (12-2-1, 9 KOs), 113.75, stunned the crowd with his demolition of WBA#9 rated flyweight Denchailek Kratingdaeng-gym (20-2-1, 8 KOs), 114, in the second round. Eto, one of his three brothers, dropped the highly regarded Thailander on three occasions to score an upset KO win due to the JBC’s three knockdown rules in effect. This tall and hard-hitting prospect is worth watching.
...Ex-WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (27-3-1, 12 KOs), 124, impressively displayed a fine stoppage of WBC-rated Mexican Hugo Partida (16-4-2, 13 KOs), 124, at1:18 of the ninth round. Shimoda had the wild-swinging Mexican hit the deck three times in the fifth, eighth and fatal ninth rounds.
The supporting bout for the Shimoda-Partida main event saw JBC#3 light welterweight Keita Obara
(7-1, 6KOs) carve out an important victory, stopping JBC#2 Hayato Hokazono
(16-3-1, 9KOs) in the eighth of a scheduled ten rounds. The 26-year old Obara is unbeaten in his last seven contests.
Also some news:
The always exciting Nobuo Nashiro
(18-5-1, 12KOs) has decided to do a u-turn on his proposed retirement plans. The former WBA super flyweight champion, 31, put in a gallant effort against Tepparith Kokeitgym last time out, which helped make him decide not to retire.
WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama
(18-0-1, 15KOs) has reiterated his desire to face Yuriorkis Gamboa
(21-0, 16KOs) in the near future. Gamboa is scheduled to face former Uchiyama opponent Michael Farenas on the Pacquiao-Marquez IV card on December 8, while 'KO Dynamite' headlines a card on December 31 against dangerous mandatory Bryan Vasquez.
Heavyweight hope Kyotaro Fujimoto
(5-0, 3KOs) has been added to the Miyazaki-Porpramook card on December 31. The 26-year old, ranked #15 with the WBC, will challenge for the vacant OPBF heavyweight title against 37-year old Solomon Haumono